In the Mouth of Fools
Monday, February 27, 2017
Like a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
The thorn here is probably the thorn bush so common in Israel. They grow high as a man’s head and will perform surgery on an unsuspecting passerby. (I know from experience!) In the hand of a drunkard they could be a weapon of mass destruction or self-inflicted trauma.
Such is God’s truth when it is mishandled, misused, misappropriated in the mouth of fools. And their name is legion. There are pastors—no names, please—who use different translations to make Scripture say what God never intended. Others let cultural ideals determine Scripture meaning—like the speaker at a national conference who used Prov. 29:18 (where there is no vision . . .) to say that America needs creative imagination. The audience loved it; God was surely not impressed. The vision in that verse is a prophetic vision; the Word of God, not dreamers’ dreams! And time would fail us to tell of cults and politicians and celebrities and other assorted sinners who twist Scripture to suit an agenda, or trifle with truth to make a buck, like the comedy album featuring seductive readings of Deuteronomy. Few would sink as low as a candidate some years ago who brazenly declared that he would be speaking more openly about his faith—which he abandoned 23 years before—in order to connect with voters in the South. This the same candidate who named Job as his favorite New Testament book.
God’s truth is always God’s truth. But whatever form it takes, God’s truth in the mouth of fools does harm, not good. The ignorant and unstable twist the Scripture, Peter warns, to their own destruction (2 Pet. 3:16). And to the destruction of all they touch (Acts 20:30). Two exhortations. First, handle the Word reverently and faithfully. Don’t tamper with God’s word (2 Cor. 4:2). Second, test what you hear. Be a Berean, for they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so (Acts 17:11b).
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments! (Ps. 112:1).
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